Co. C, 356th Infantry, 89th Division

Transcribed by Jefferson Saunders

 

Overseas: Commanding Officers of the 356th Infantry.

Colonel Louis M. Nuttman June 23, 1918 – September 20, 1918

Lieutenant Colonel Edward A. Keyes September 20, 1918 – October 8, 1918

Colonel Alonzo Gray October 8, 1918 – October 20, 1918

Colonel Robert H. Allen October 20, 1918 – Return to U. S.

 

Commanding Officers of the 1st Battalion 356th Inf.

Hanna, Mark, Major, 1st Battalion, 356th Inf.

Bland, William J., Major, 1st Battalion, 356th Inf. (KIA)

Formerly Captain of ‘A’ Company, killed instantly by a piece of shrapnel.

Next of Kin: Mrs. William J. Bland, 3659 Harrison Blvd, Kansas City, MO.

Harris, Capt.> Major, 1st Battalion, 356th Inf.

Puffer, Ray K., Capt., 1st Battalion, 356th Inf.

Winters, Mathew 1st Lieut. > Capt., 1st Battalion, 356th Inf.0

*** Lt Eilert Heikin wounded in shoulder Sept 22

 

Enlisted Men: Company C.

Banks, Frank, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA)

Next of Kin: Emma Banks, R.F.D. 1 Springhill, LA.

Botts, Oscar P., Corp., Co. C 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 09-29-1918.

Boyd, Ralph, Mech., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Bright, Herbert M., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 10-22-1918.

Burlew, Ernest M., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-11-1918.

Castor, Cleo Daniel, Corp., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-11-1918.

Burton, Charles, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf.  (KIA)

Next of Kin: Martin L. Burton, Golden, MO.

Campbell, John H., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-05-1918.

Cheek, Frank G., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-04-1918.

Conner, William, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-11-1918.

Cook, Joseph M., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Copeland, John M., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 09-14-1918.

Courtney, Lester F., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Crosno, Sherman A., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-03-1918.

Dorgan, John J., #2207992, Pvt., Co C 356th Inf. American Distinguished Service Cross, and the French War Cross Sept. 23rd 1918.Wounded 4 times see page 140

Eliason, William E., Corp., Co. C 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 09-23-1918.

Elison, Wm E., #2202003 Corp., Co C, 356th Infantry: Citations & Commendations by Commanding General, for Gallantry. Sept. 23rd 1918.

Foster, Horace K., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA)

Fry, Samuel M., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-05-1918.

Fumuso, Marco, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Mrs. Katrina Bellafire, Cashlvitiano, Trapani, Italy.

Gilbert, Robert L., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 09-16-1918.

Godlewski, Vincent, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-11-1918.

Hancock, Joel H., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 09-12-1918.

Hasue, Joseph A., Sgt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-03-1918.

Hoffman, Harry, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA)

Next of Kin: Mrs. Malissa Petithorn, Sardinia, Ohio.

Hootman, Frank, Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA). Next of Kin: Maria Hootman, Marabile, MO.

Humphrey, Glenn, Sgt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Gorsh S. Humphrey, R.F.D. 4,Chillocothe, MO

Hundley, Jacob, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Hunt, Harry D., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-08-1918.

Jeffries, Nelson, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf.

Johansen, Oscar, Mech., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 09-14-1918.

Kain, Edwardo G., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Kamman, Wilton C., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-11-1918.

Keithley, John, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Ketchem, Carl, Sgt., Co. C., 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 09=16-1918.

Kimberg, John, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 09-23-1918.

Knapp, Adam J., Corp., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 09-13-1918.

Koronkiewicz, Alexander, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-08-1918.

Lamb, Harry, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-10-1918.

Latimer, Ralph, V., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely Wounded 11-11-1918.

Lewis, Weldon C., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 10-21-1918.

Livingston, Glen S., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA)

Next of Kin: Mrs. Susan A. Livingston, Kanapolis, Kan.

Ludy, Chance, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Ed. Ludy, Arcanum, Ohio.

Manzanares, Manuel, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 09-17-1918.

Mare, Maopin, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 09-23-1918.

Martinez, Alexjandro, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA)

Next of Kin:  Mrs. Lusita C. De Martinez, Las Vegas, N.M.

Martin, Paul V., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 09-19-1918.

McClintock, John W., Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

McNutt, George, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Frank McNutt, Palmyra, Neb.

Melton, Clifford, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 10-23-1918.

Mikolajewski, John, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 10-28-1918. (KIA) Next of Kin: Mrs. Francisco Mikolajewshi, Sumpolno Gub Kaliska, Russia.

Newton, Arthur T., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 10-23-1918.

Niederjohann, Arnold, H., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Henry Niederjohann, New Melle, MO.

Noonan, John F., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-09-1918.

Oliver, Ray M., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Mrs. Mattie L. Oliver, 3366 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO.

Osgood, George L., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 09-23-1918.

Peters, John L., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 09-20-1918.

Pokojski, Anthony E., Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-08-1918.

Price, Eugene W., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-08-1918.

Ramsbottom, James H., Corp., Co. C., 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-08-1918.

Ray, Elmer, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 10-23-1918.

Reisacker, Joseph H., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-11-1918.

Roberts, Otis E., Pvt., Co. C, 3356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Robinson, John M., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-02-1918.

Roland, Thomas L., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Thomas Roland, Conway, MO.

Rutstein, William B., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Saunders, James Phillip, #2184147 Sgt. Co., C, 356th Inf.

Savchik, Harry, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 10-29-1918.

Schneider, Clarence R., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 09-17-1918.

Sebastian, Nicholas C., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 10-21-1918.

Silk, Elmer, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Sophia Raines, 2902 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO.

Sites, George W., Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-11-1918.

Spicer, Harris T., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin:  Samuel E. Spicer, 311 Kansas Ave., Atchison, Kan.

Stenger, Arthur J., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf.

Steiner, Emory F., Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-04-1918. (KIA) Next of Kin: Kit Stenger, Council Grove, Kan.

Steward, Roy W., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 09-23-1918.

Stockwell, Christopher, Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Wm. M. Stockwell, Stafford, Kan.

Sutherlin, Ambirs E., Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 11-09-1918.

Tate, Bertie, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf.  (KIA) Next of Kin: Etsie W. Tate, Hogenville, KY.

Taylor, James A., #2184160, Sgt., Co. C 356th Infantry: Citations & Commendations by Commanding General, for Gallantry. Sept. 23rd 1918.

Thompson, Nelson W., Corp., Co. C, 356th Inf. Slightly wounded, 09-16-1918.

Vizinat, Rene, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Severely wounded, 11-03-1918.

Wilson, Glen E., Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. Wounds Undetermined, 11-03-1918.

Winemiller, Marion, Pvt., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA). Next of Kin: John Winemiller, Hollywood, MO.

Wood, Claude C., Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA) Next of Kin: Bessie Wood, King City, MO.

Wood, Everett D., Pvt. 1cl., Co. C, 356th Inf. (KIA)

Next of Kin: William H. Wood, R.F.D.2, Baldwin, KY.

 

Majors: 1

Captains: 1

Lieutenants:

Platoon Lt: 4

Sergeants:

First Sergeant:

Mess Sergeant:

Supply Sergeant:

Company Sgt: 3

Corporals: 7

Private 1Class: 9

Private: 60

Mechanics: 2

Company C: 256

Known total: 85

 

1) Lucey sector, Toul, 10 Aug. - 11 Sept. 1918.

2) St. Mihiel offensive, 12 Sept. - 16 Sept. 1918.

3) Euvezin sector, Toul, 17 Sept. - 7 Oct. 1918.

4) Meuse-Argonne offensive, 19 Oct. - 11 Nov. 1918.

 

There are more names for Officers but I don’t know how they fit into the 356th chain of command.

Plus, just as much raw data on the men of 1st Battalion, Companies A, B, C, & D and entire 356th.

 

New Material (Added Feb. 2003):

Source:  The National Archives

Record Group: 120

Sub-Group: AEF

File: 89th Division

Transcribed 11-11-2002

Jefferson C. Saunders

Seattle WA USA

 

The 356th Regiment of the Infantry was organized per order __ on __

____ day of ____ 1917, at Camp Funston, Camp Funston, Kansas. Colonel Louis M. Nuttman was commanding. Upon the organization of the 356th Regiment, Major John W. Harris (then Captain) was assigned to the command of Company "C".

From the 4th of September, until the 23rd of May 1918 the Company pursued a course of training laid down by the Division Commander.

On the 23rd of May, in accordance with War Department orders, Company "C" entrained for port of embarkation. It arrived at Camp Mills, Long Island, New York on May 27th. From this time until the 3d of June the Company remained in camp at Camp Mills while the men were being equipped for overseas service. On the 3d of June the Company boarded H.M.S. Caronia and sailed on June 4th. After a quiet and uneventful trip it arrived at Liverpool, England on the 15th of June, 1918. The Company disembarked on the 16th of June and marched to a rest camp at Knotty Ash, near Liverpool. After resting for two days it entrained on the morning of June 18th for Southampton, arriving there at 8:45 P. M. the same day. It again went to a rest camp in the suburbs of Southampton. At 6:00 o’clock in the evening on the 19th of June it embarked on H.M.S. [S.S.] Viper for Le Havre, France and arrived there at 4:00 o’clock on the morning of the 20th of June where it disembarked and marched to a rest camp near the edge of the town. On the 21st of June it entrained for Liffol Le Grand, France and reached its destination at 10:00 o’clock on the evening of the 22d. From the 22d of June until the 5th day of August the Company trained at Liffol le Grand, following schedules issues from time to time by Division Commander. On the 5th day of August the Company embussed at Liffol le Grand and proceeded to the village of Boucc, in what was then called the Toul Sector, where they debussed and went into billets in a large chateau at the edge of the village.

The next night the Company marched to the support position at Gerard Sas and relieved Company "G" of the 328th Infantry, which was then holding that part of the line. On the night of August 16th the Company relieved Company "G" of the 356th Infantry in the front line position between Bouconville and Montsec. During this tour in front of Montsec very few casualties were suffered, as this sector at this time was an extremely quiet one, although on the morning of the 19th of August a very heavy German barrage was laid down over the trenches occupied by Company "C". On the 23d day of August the Company was relieved by Company "M" of the 356th Infantry and marched back to Raulecourt where it entrained for Cornieville, the reserve position. At Cornieville the time was spent in the construction of barbed wire entanglements. On the 30th day of August the Company again moved up to the support position at Gerard, Sas and remained in this position until the 8th day of September, when it was relieved by Company "F" of the 16th Infantry which was coming in in preparation for the St. Mihiel offensive. On the night of the 8th of September the Division having been assigned a sector over to the right of the one occupied at this time, Company "C" marched to Ansouville and went into billets. Here the Company was equipped with extra ammunition, grenades and pyrotechnics, etc. in preparation for the St. Mihiel offensive.

On the night of the 10th of September the Company moves to a position in Hazel Woods where it lay under cover until the night of the 11th of September. At 11:00 o’clock on the night of the 11th of September the Company moved forward to a position in the rear of the Apremont Road, 300 yards to the left of Flirey where it remained during the elaborate artillery preparation which lasted from 1:00 o’clock until 5:00 o’clock on the morning of the 12th, at which time it went over the top in the support wave. The Company continued in the support wave until 5:00 o’clock on the afternoon of the 12th when the First Battalion passed through the Third Battalion and became the Assault Battalion, Company "C" being part of the First Battalion. Major Wm. J. Bland commanding the First Battalion having been killed about 2:00 in the afternoon of this day, Captain John W. Harris, commanding Company "C", took command of the First Battalion and Captain Frank B. Welsh (then 1st Lt.) took command of Company "C". At 6:00 o’clock, darkness having come on, the Company dug in on the reverse slope of a hill west of Bouillonville where it remained until 10:00 o’clock, when a night march having been ordered, the Company moved to a point in the woods northeast of the town of Beney where it remained under cover until the morning of the 13th. On the morning of the 13th the Company still being in the assault wave, continued the advance through the Bois de Beney and Bois de Xames and penetrated the Bois de Dampvitoux, where orders having come to discontinue the advance, the Company organized outposts in the Bois de Dampvitoux and the main body dug in in the Bois de Beney. The Company remained in this position for __ days when on the night of ___ it was relieved by Company "M" and moved forward taking up a new position one-half kilometer farther north. At this time Major Mark Hanna (then Captain) took command of the First Battalion, relieving Captain John W. Harris who again took command of Company "C". On the 21st of September the Company was relieved by a Company of the 353d Infantry and moved back to a point southeast of Essey. Here a reserve position was constructed. At 9:00 o’clock on the night of September 22d the Company moves up into the Bois de Dampvitoux with the First Battalion and participated in the successful Battalion raid on the Bois de Dommartin. After the raid the Company moved back to its reserve position near Essay, and for a period of six days constructed trenches and dugouts; were re-clothed, re-equipped and rested. At this time the Company was replaced with 53 men from the 39th Division. On the morning of the Dommartin Raid Major Hanna received wounds which caused his evacuation to a Base Hospital and Captain Harris took command of the First Battalion and Lt. Welsh again took charge of Company "C". On the night of the 28th of September the Company moved forward and took up a support position in the Bois de Xames, where it remained until the night of October 3d, when it was relieved by Company "A" of the 354th Infantry. The Company marched through the night and took up their support position early the following morning in the Bois de Heiche. At 6:00 o’clock the same evening the Company moved south and took up a position as Brigade Reserve in the Bois de ___. It remained in this position until the 8th day of October when it moved to the town of Sanzy and went into billets for the night.

At 11:00 o’clock on the morning of the 9th of October the Company embussed for the Meuse-Argonne Sector. After riding all night it reached the town of Recicourt and debussed on the outskirts of the town. From this town the Company marched a distance of some five kilometers and took up a position in the hills. At this time the Division was in Corps Reserve. It remained in this position from the 10th day of October until the 12th when it moved in a northwesterly direction until it reached the Argonne Forest at a point south and west of Montfaucon. Here the Company dug in for the night and the following day it again took up the march, which extending through the night, brought to Eglise-fontaine. At this point a position was constructed and troops were again re-clothed and re-equipped. At 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon of the 19th day of October the Company moved forward relieving Company __ of the 128th Infantry in the village of Romagne and to the left of the village. At about 1:30 P.M. on October 20th the Company was marched up into the rear of the Bois de Romagne and with the First Battalion of the 356th Infantry cleared out the Bois de Romagne. At 10:00 o’clock the same night Company "C" proceeded on the mission of clearing the Bantheville woods of the enemy. It penetrated north into the woods and by overcoming stubborn resistance finally reached its objective at the northerly edge at about daybreak on the morning of the 21st. After the enemy had reached its objective it launched a number of counterattacks but the Company succeeded in organizing its position and held its ground; nevertheless the enemy had filtered in and around the Company, cutting off all communication. Shortly before the enemy had cut off communications Lt. Welsh sent back an enemy artillery officer who later proved to be one of the most valuable prisoners that the Division had captured up to this time. The Company remained isolated until the evening of the 23d when the remaining Companies of the First Battalion fought their way up to the northern edge of the woods where Company " C" was in position. On the morning of October 24th the Company was relieved by Company "C" of the 353d Infantry and moved back to a reserve position northwest of Gesnes. The Company stayed here one day at the end of which time it marched to the Forest south of Gesnes. Here it remained until the 27th day of October when it moved forward and took up a position in reserve in the Bois de Gesnes. During the stay in this position the Company was again supplied with the necessary clothing, equipment, ammunition, etc. On the morning of November 1st the Company, still in reserve, moved north through the Bois de Gesnes and Bois de Romagne to the woods west of Remonville. It remained here for one day.

At 3:00 o’clock on the morning of November 3d, the Company moved through the town of Remonville, through the Blis de Barricourt and went over the top at the north end on support wave. At noon of the same day it took up the assault wave and continued the advance in a general northerly direction until its final objective was reached, a point in the Bois de Belval one kilometer northeast of Champy Bs where the Company dug in for the night. At 8:00 o’clock on the morning of the 4th of November the Company advanced northeast in the support wave and dug in for the night at about the center of the Foret de Dieulet. The following morning, again being in the assault wave, the Company moved northwest a distance of about one and one half kilometers; then changing direction northeast penetrated the Foret de Jaulney to its northern extremity and dug in and held this position until the 7th of November. At this time orders can to move back and take up a position in the Bois de Vache, a small wood approximately two and one-half kilometers southeast of Beaumont. From the 7th of November until the 10th the Company while maintaining this position was very active, furnishing outpost, snipers, liaison agents and patrols. On the night of November 9th a Company "C" patrol crossed the Meuse River gaining valuable information and capturing prisoners. On the night of the 10th of November the Company sent out a covering detachment, which covered the crossing of the First Battalion. After the Battalion had crossed the Meuse River the Company took up the advance under heavy artillery fire. Passing to the left of the town of Pouilly and continuing in a northeasterly direction it finally reached the Bois de Hache, a small patch of woods one kilometer east of Autreville. The Company dug in at this point and having waited until 12 hours for information the Company prepared to continue the advance. Just as the northeast edge of the Bois de Hache was reached a runner arrived from Regimental Headquarters announcing that the German Military Headquarters had signed the Armistice. The troops were notified and after a guard had been posted to protect the positions the men returned to their fox holes to rest and sleep. The Company remained in this position for a period of two days and on being relieved by the 77th Division it marched back to the village of Halles, and went into billets. The ensuing ten days were spent in policing our portion of the Divisional area, cleaning equipment and drilling, and on the 24th of November the Company started on its march into Occupied territory. In eight days the Company had marched through the villages of Stenay, Meix devant Varton, Musson, Habergy and on the second day of December it was billeted, and the next day it rested. On the morning of December 6th the Company moved out again and at 7:45 hours crossed the Sauer River, which at this point is the dividing line between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Germany. On the march through Germany the Company was billeted for periods of one day or more in the villages of Speicher, Grosslitchen, Blackhausen Daun, Waxweiler, Bitburg and on the 21st of December 1918, arrived in the village of Schweich. After a few days rest the regular routing was taken up and had been carried on since that time.

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